Maternity leave for new college principal

By a County Press reporter

Monday, January 27, 2014


Maternity leave for new college principal

Becky Pearce, Cowes Enterprise College principal.

THE NEW principal of Cowes Enterprise College has announced she is to take maternity leave — just days after taking charge.

Parents learned the news Becky Pearce was to take a break from the school later this year in a letter from chairman of governors Rachael Fidler dated today (Monday).

The letter said: "Ms Pearce has planned to take a short maternity leave from late May 2014 onwards in order to return to the college as soon as possible, most probably during July 2014.

"We cannot yet confirm the exact dates, but we will keep you updated on all developments and assure you that this will have minimal impact on our college.

"It is extremely important to us that the college’s trajectory continues to move upwards, and our education advisor, Sean O’Neill, has kindly agreed to be acting principal during Ms Pearce’s maternity."

Mr O’Neill has already spent several months working with the college and has worked closely with Ms Pearce to support improvements, having previously worked at Bungay High School, Suffolk, which was graded "outstanding" by Ofsted.

Cowes Enterprise College is making satisfactory progress towards working its way out of special measures, according to Ofsted.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Ms Pearce so far, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact of her strong vision for the college.

"We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms Pearce on her good news," said Ms Fidler.

Ms Pearce has said she wants the college to be "outstanding" within three years.


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by Den Young

30th January 2014, at 22:08:16

if the cap fits

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by Scott Angles

30th January 2014, at 14:50:10

You guys accusing a fictional character of something barbaric is hilarious.

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by alan naylor

30th January 2014, at 13:42:02

Scot dito to your comment and d ont worry over the spelling everyone says that when you hit a nerve ps they all have a spelling enabler on

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by Den Young

29th January 2014, at 18:28:49

spot on SPT now we wonder what the relationship Scott has with this lady--mmmmm the mind is starting to boggle.Oh yeh Scott your first suggestion was best.

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by steve paul taylor

29th January 2014, at 08:40:59

SA you lost this one, as soon as you bend to insulting people you loose but I think you already know that. We are all interested as to why you are her champion though so lets hear it, are you close like eh !!!

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by neil jacks

29th January 2014, at 08:26:15

Scott , three out of ten for spelling and grammar. Looks like you need to be in that " school environment" a while longer.

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by Lisa Jenkins

29th January 2014, at 06:02:34

I work in an office environment and a colleague took maternity leave at a crucial time for us as a team. We ended up behind schedule as we now had to do her work. When she came back after maternity leave she was there for 3 weeks before announcing she's pregnant again. This was her career- maternity pays.

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by Scott Angles

29th January 2014, at 01:14:37

Hey, let's ask her! No, better: let's get a crack-team of Monk-esque detectives to hunt her down and ask her QUESTION AFTER QUESTION UNTILL WE GET THE TRUTH OUT OF HER AND DISCOVER HER MOTIVES. Money? Power? ISLAND-WIDE FAME? We can get to the BOTTOM of this and EXPOSE HER FOR THE PERSON SHE REALLY IS. Right lads, MAN THE PITCHFORKS!

...or we could just let her have her baby, in peace, like every parent-to-be deserves. I intended to keep the moral high ground as long as I could but what the hell: what a bunch of nihilistic, bloodthirsty, bullying oxygen thiefs you lot are.

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by neil jacks

28th January 2014, at 19:12:31

Scott, you missed the point here, if the existing staff were able to run the school as was meant to be run, it would not be in the state it is in, that is why Becky Pearce was set on. Its just a bit disappointing for some, that the possible saviour of the institution came and then went without having time to influence a positive outcome.

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by Scott Angles

28th January 2014, at 16:09:24

Mr. Wright, if you believe that I have not got a clue how a school works, then you do not know enough about me. I am in a school environment, and have been for a number of years. The role is in no way trivial (pretty sure I didn't say that?) but at the same time the place isn't going to turn into the Death Star the second she leaves. No man is an island. There are councillors, governors, head of subjects, the teachers, secretaries, vices: they handle these situations. The head is important, but it's not going to fall to pieces instantly the second one takes time out.

So, heh, quelle surprise: no one person runs a school. Show me the head that claims 'all this hard work is MY doing only'. And then at bad Ofsted time...

The posters on here are attacking somebody for the good of it. It's DM Comments stuff; it's throwaway nihilism. It's what celebrity culture has made it acceptable to do on a local news forum. It sucks, as do you people for being part of that. I re-iterate: shame on

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